16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
St Lucia
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
2
Knysna
— 4 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
St Lucia

St Lucia ©
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Crocodile Centre St Lucia and then tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read St Lucia day trip planner.

London, UK to St Lucia is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from London to St Lucia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in St Lucia reach 35°C and lows reach 32°C. You will leave for Knysna on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in St Lucia

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

4
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Get in touch with nature at Noetzie and Elephant Sanctuary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Holy Trinity Church and Jandreart Studio. Change things up with a short trip to Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in The Crags (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bollard Bay, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Knysna online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from St Lucia to Knysna in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from St Lucia in December, expect nights in Knysna to be colder, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

The Crags, Noetzie
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll get in some beach time at Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Step off the beaten path and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Voelklip Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Fernkloof Nature Reserve, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux.

For where to stay and other tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Knysna to Hermanus by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get some cultural insight at Boschendal Wine Estate and Robben Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Bloubergstrand Beach and Chapman's Peak Drive. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Fairview Wine and Cheese in Suider Paarl--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online journey maker .

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Boschendal Wine Estate, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

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